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How are Undescended Testicles Treated?

The testicle won't drop after 3 months of age, so the only treatment choice is surgery. Surgery is recommended after 6 months of age. The timing takes into account when the child is able to handle anesthesia and the surgery. Drugs or hormone treatment aren't useful.

This surgery is called an orchiopexy. The child is put under (general anesthesia) for this surgery. Almost always the child can go home the same day and is back to normal within 1 to 2 days. A cut about 1 inch long is made in the groin area (most often it can hardly be seen later). The testicles is freed from all nearby tissues so that it moves easily into the scrotum. Then it is stitched into place. If there's a hernia, it's fixed at the same time. In some cases, the testicle is too high for this simple surgery. If this is the case, more complex methods (and sometimes even 2 surgeries) are needed. Overall, the success rate with surgery is 98 out of 100.